Kate Kochnari has joined Chambers with immediate effect.
Published: 14th Jun 2022
“She is very thorough and meticulous in her approach.”
Chambers and Partners 2022 – band 2
“Kate is an excellent communicator. She is empathetic and supportive to clients, prepares well and knows her cases in detail.”
Legal 500 2022 – ranked as a leading junior
“An impressive performer specialising in family law and Court of Protection cases. She acts in a host of children law cases, including care proceedings. She often acts for children and parents and is a strong choice for vulnerable clients with mental health issues.”
Chambers and Partners 2021 – band 3
“She provides robust and appropriate advice when asked and will offer this at times without being forceful.”
Legal 500 2021 – ranked as a leading junior
“Goes the extra mile for her clients.”
Legal 500 2020 – ranked as a leading junior
“She has a really firm but fair approach. She’s brilliant with vulnerable clients. Kate is thorough in her preparation and is particularly skilled in managing clients expectations at all levels.”
Chambers and Partners 2020 – band 3
“Very friendly and down to earth. She did a fantastic job.’
‘Client focused and empathetic but strong and pragmatic with her advice. Her preparation is incredible.”
Chambers and Partners 2019 – band 3
Kate joined Chambers having previously practised at a civil/family mixed set in Canterbury.
Her area of practice encompasses Family Law work. Kate’s conscientious and tenacious approach has led to a swift progression in the complexity of cases she is instructed on.
Specialist Practice Areas
Kate enjoys cooking, travelling and walking her beloved Border Collie.
Kate’s aptitude to fearlessly promote and protect her client’s interests was acknowledged in the Court of Appeal by Lord Justice McFarlane who commented in W-J (Children)  EWCA Civ 788 ‘In the course of the robust and constructive representation that the mother had at the hearing provided by Ms Kochnari’.
In Care Proceedings, Kate regularly receives instructions from parents, Guardians and other family members and has been instructed in complex multi-day fact finding hearings and final hearings. She often represents vulnerable and learning-disabled clients, including receiving instructions from the Official Solicitor. Kate has represented parents in alleged non-accidental injury cases and cases involving allegations of sexual abuse.
Kate is regularly instructed in Family Finance proceedings and has experience in dealing with matters involving interveners, international property and maintenance pending suit claims.
In Private Law matters and Family Law Act cases, Kate has experience in matters involving serious allegations of domestic violence, sexual abuse/ grooming, neglect and parents dealing with Mental Health difficulties.
Lay clients always report positively in respect of Kate’s approach to cases given her warm personality, attention to client care and ability to give robust and realistic advice when required.
Kate is available to deliver training / CPD seminars.
Kate is authorised to accept instructions direct from members of the public. She encourages clients who are considering this route to contact Chambers and discuss their problem.
In suitable cases, Kate can provide client conferences, written advices and representation at court.